Gambia: World Bank sub-regional director reaffirms his commitment to invest more in the energy sector in The Gambia
Nathan M. Belete, the sub-regional director of the World Bank (WB), reaffirmed the WB’s commitment to provide additional support to the country’s National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) to boost the water sector. energy.
Speaking to reporters at the Brikama NAWEC power plant on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, while visiting the World Bank-funded project, Director Belete said, “I want to reaffirm our commitment to supporting the energy aspiration of the world. country.
Recall that in 2016-2017, The Gambia suffered a serious electricity and water crisis. Following this nightmare, the World Bank intervened and provided a new generator worth $ 2.1 million to the national electricity and water supplier. The generator was installed at the Brikama power station in 2018.
The world’s largest financial institution further provided € 1.2 million to NAWEC for the refurbishment of the G-7 generator in Brikama and the G-8 generator at the Kotu power plant, both aimed at increase the country’s electricity supply.
However, Mr. Belete also expressed his impression to the Gambian government through NAWEC for the successful implementation of the project, while ensuring the continued support of the WB to the government for the supply of clean energy in the country.
“The World Bank is very proud of our relationship with NAWEC and the engagement we have had in the energy sector in The Gambia over the past few years. We are proud because we believe that the government has now undertaken very large and critical reimbursements, and these reimbursements will ensure better quality services in the country at more affordable prices, ”he said.
He expressed confidence in the leadership of NAWEC, adding that with this leadership, the national water and electricity supplier will achieve its sustainability goals in the near future.
Nani Juwara, Managing Director of NAWEC described the World Bank’s support to the government in the energy sector as excellent. He said the project is vital in improving the livelihoods of Gambians.
“As a government, we see electricity as a basic human right for everyone. We want to make sure that every Gambian has access to energy. Having access to energy would help change the lives of our people, ”he said.
Jawara said the WB is currently mobilizing donors to support the country’s economy, saying his institution has received great help from the international financial institution. “It will be a big difference for this country if these projects (projects proposed by NAWEC) are implemented,” he added.
He expressed his gratitude to the sub-regional director of the World Bank and his teams in The Gambia for their support to NAWEC, while ensuring the continued collaboration of his office with them.